FAQ for New International Students

Last Updated: 05/19/2021

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 infection if I am coming to the campus this spring?

As mandated by the CDC, all international travelers coming into the US will be required to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC Frequently Asked Questions.

Is Montclair State requiring all students to be vaccinated before the start of the semester?

In an email sent to all students, staff, and faculty, senior administration at Montclair State informed all community members that students will have to be vaccinated before arriving on campus. In the upcoming months, our office will be contacting international students to share more information.

What COVID vaccines will Montclair State accept?

We will accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed information is available in our Immunizations page. In the upcoming months, our office will be contacting international students to share more information.

I already took a vaccine in my country. What should I do?

If the vaccine is approved by the WHO you will not have to retake it in the US. For more detailed information please visit our Immunizations page.

If I take the vaccine in the US after my arrival, will I have to pay for it?

No. There will be no cost associated with taking the vaccine in the US.

Will there be an exemption for the vaccine?

Yes, students may be granted an exception based on medical or religious reasons. For more detailed information please visit our Immunizations page.

When should I arrive on campus?

Per federal regulations, students can enter the US up to 30 days before the start of the semester. Students will be allowed to enter the US as early as December 19 for the spring semester. 

I received my Form I-20 or DS-2019. Are embassies open so I can apply for a visa?

Due to the pandemic, US embassies and consulates are operating at reduced capacity. Please check the nearest consulate or embassy to check their availability.

Can students from India, Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa enter the US now or are they still banned?

Students traveling from India, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland  with valid F-1 visas have been granted an exemption from the Presidential proclamations that suspended entry from these areas. These students do not need to seek an individual national-interest exception.

Note that J-1 students should contact the nearest US embassy or consulate to initiate an exception request.

I received my I-20 or DS-2019 but I cannot schedule a visa appointment (my appointment got cancelled, the embassy is closed, etc.). What should I do now?

Because our classes will be mostly face-to-face in the spring, new students who cannot secure a visa to enter the US will not be able to start their programs fully online from home. Students will have the option to defer their enrollment for the fall 2022 semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you decide to defer. If you are a graduate student contact gradschool@montclair.edu. If you are an undergraduate student contact msuadm@montclair.edu

If no appointments are currently available, we urge you to continue to check the embassy/consulate website as it’s likely that additional appointment slots will be added in the coming months.

Can I apply for an emergency visa appointment and can you provide me with the documentation to do so?

Most Embassies/Consulates do have a provision to allow for emergency visa appointments within 60 days of the start date noted on your I-20. Note that you do NOT need any documentation from the university for this. U.S. embassies/consulates do not want anything on our end and require only your I-20 as proof of the need for the appointment. See the student section from the Embassy in India as an example: http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-expeditedappointment.asp

I received my visa, what should I know about Montclair’s plan to reopen?

Montclair State’s restart plan will guide every aspect of how we operate, from safeguards, to academics, to campus life, housing, dining, transportation and more. Review the detailed plan now on our Red Hawk Restart website.